Sergeal Petersen remembers watching the Currie Cup with his father and grandfather and knew he wanted to be a part of it one day. He’s already won a Currie Cup with the Toyota Cheetahs and hopes to do the same with DHL Western Province.
Growing up near DHL Newlands and watching his heroes play in province’s streeptrui gave Chris van Zyl an early passion for rugby, but once he played Varsity Cup for Maties he knew he could make it as a professional player.
It helped that his older brother had followed a similar path, studying first and becoming an audit trainee before turning professional. This confirmed to Chris that it was possible to qualify as a chartered accountant and pursue his love for rugby.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing, though: “I’ve had injury and selection setbacks. These, I believe, always give you an opportunity to work on something else. It also plays a big role in developing your character. Through adverse conditions I’ve learnt a lot about my resilience,” says Chris.
The advice his father gave Chris and his two older brothers also helped. It is that enjoyment must be the foundation of any sport.
“Even at a professional level, the teams that enjoy themselves most, perform the best.”
Chris rates his Currie Cup debut and winning the competition in 2017 as amongst his greatest career moments to date.
“Stepped in tradition, the Currie Cup is an unbelievable platform for individuals to prove their worth within the country. The style of rugby is unique and often involves an exciting brand of rugby.”
DHL Western Province is the most successful Currie Cup team. The Cape Town based side have won the trophy on 36 occasions - including four shared titles. DHL Western Province were the winners of the trophy in the inaugural Currie Cup tournament in 1892 although Griqualand West were the first to hold the Cup aloft in 1891. DHL Western Province have dominated the tournament throughout the 1890s and 1900s.
DHL Western Province’s home ground is DHL Newlands Since 1939, the DHL Newlands ground has witnessed 13 finals with 9 going in favour of the home side, and the team sharing the title twice. DHL Western Province has produced Springbok captains like Jean de Villiers, Siya Kolisi, Bobby Skinstad and Eben Etzebeth and other world-class players like Juan de Jongh, Nizaam Carr and Cheslin Kolbe, to name a few.